wet everything down, and there's a chance the house will make it. break, toss, spray. at this point, it's all about defense. >> we've really given it a good chance. we have the fire engines here with the hose, so we'll do the best we can. >> reporter: but no guarantees? >> there's no guarantees. >> reporter: for stephan walters, life in the mountains is about responsibility. he evacuated his wife and four cats, and now he's come back to save a home that he's just renting. with you out here with this fire, are you brave, crazy, or stupid? >> i think a little bit of all. it's stupid if i put my life on the line. believe me, if the fire comes anywhere and it's rolling more than three feet high, i'm gone. >> reporter: as stephan says, it's not about bravery, it's about doing the right thing. firefighters tell us fire is creeping along the ground slowly, making it much easier to fight. that is relatively speaking, good news. i'm ket do for cbs news.